15 Aug 8 Steps to Healthier Living
Healthier living is a possibility for you, beginning from today. Certainly, it is more of a long term goal than a health fad, but by taking the following steps, you can live healthier today than you did yesterday and lay the foundation for a healthy future.
- Know Your Current Health Status
To begin living healthier, you should take stock of your present health situation. Start by making an appointment with your dentist and doctor for general check-ups. Then take measurements of your weight and height to determine your BMI. Also, measure your waist so you can know if you are obese or overweight. Take an assessment of the amount of physical activity you do in a week. Keep a food journal to monitor your diet and evaluate your energy level and your mood. Use what you discover to serve as a basis for setting new health goals.
- Address Any Health Problems
When you have serious health problems like arthritis, depression, diabetes or heart disease, treating them must be a top priority. Healthier living can also be achieved by taking care of addiction to smoking, alcohol, or drugs. It’s best if you work with your doctor on these issues and openly discuss the proper course of treatment that would work best for your particular situation.
- Increase Your Physical Activity
Increasing your weekly physical activity will have a positive impact on your health. You can do this by inviting friends and family members on bike rides or jogs. Keep a record of your activity in a diary, journal, or calendar. Set a goal for weekly exercise. Start with easy goals and then move on to more demanding activities. Weave in some physical activities into your daily schedule such as a ten-minute walk before or after lunch.
- Change Your Diet
Make a choice to eat more fruits and vegetables and cut down on processed foods. Plan ahead for your meals and stock your pantry with health boosting foods. Eat your food slowly and enjoy its taste and flavor. Eat a variety of vegetables and fruits. A good rule of thumb is to cover the colors of the rainbow in your choice of fruits and vegetables to get as many nutrients as possible.
- Cut Out Stress
You should make a definite plan for stress management. Build coping skills like visualization and meditation, and engage in activities like yoga or regular exercise. Learn how to take care of stressful situations that occur without a warning. You can do intense exercise to burn off anger or take several deep breaths.
- Improve Your Sleeping Habits
If you need to get better sleep, you can try these tips: Avoid watching TV or working at your computer at least two hours before going to bed. Do not do intense exercise just before going to bed. Take a warm bath that will help you sleep better. Schedule a regular time for sleep to assist your body clock.
- Build Better Relationships
Good relationships will boost your health. To improve your relationships, look for people who have a similar desire to bond with people. Spend quality time with people. Build both face-to-face and virtual relationships. Get help when you are having issues with a close relationship with a spouse, child or loved one.
- Challenge Your Mind
Improve the health of your brain by engaging in mentally stimulating activities. Some studies have shown that adults who engage in such activities are less likely to have dementia. Socially engaging activities also improve mental health. So getting involved in a game of scrabble with your friends will be both mentally and socially rewarding.
If you invest time in improving your health, you will live a happier and more fulfilling life in your later years. The effort you put in to make lifestyle changes for better health will always yield priceless rewards.
Dr. Sue Reddy specializes in the treatment of infectious disease among many other specialties. She understands what is required to live a healthy, active life. Please feel free to take a look around her website and if you feel she provides services you may be interested in, give Dr. Reddy a call. Her staff would be more than happy to set up an appointment and answer any questions you may have.
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